June 21, 2018
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One man in hospital, one charged with OUI after snowmobile crash near Jackman

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

ATTEAN TOWNSHIP, Maine — One snowmobiler was hospitalized in serious condition while another was charged with operating under the influence after an accident Thursday afternoon, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Snowmobiles driven by Robert Verge, 62, of Scarborough and Lawrence Salamone, 61, of Gorham collided on Big Wood Lake at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service, said Friday morning.

Verge suffered head injuries and was taken to Jackman Health Center, where he was stabilized. He was then transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by ambulance. Verge was listed in serious condition Friday at the hospital.

“I know he sustained some pretty serious head injuries. I don’t believe they’re life-threatening,” MacDonald said.

Salamone, who was uninjured, was charged with OUI on a snowmobile but wasn’t arrested.

MacDonald said the two men were riding together.

“I don’t know if it was head-on, but it was a front collision,” MacDonald said.

Both men were operating Ski-Doo snowmobiles and were not wearing helmets. The crash is still under investigation.

Sgt. William Chandler and Warden Paul Mason investigated the crash and were assisted by the Jackman Fire Department and EMS personnel from Jackman Ambulance.

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